Circe by Madeline Miller


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones ...

Details Circe

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Historical, Historical Fiction, Retellings

Reviews Circe

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.✨ Signed and personalized copies are available through Main Point Books! (They can ship anywhere in the US, anywhere in the UK, and also to some other international locations) “When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.” This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with this story, I predict ...
  • Emily May
    “Witches are not so delicate,” I said. I absolutely loved this. If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters - both literal and figurative - then hell, READ THIS BOOK.To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of Miller's The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back. I'm not sure if that's because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the p...
  • شيماء ✨
    Do you ever just get mad because you’re spending your life paying rent and wishing you could take a break from the linear flow of time when you could have been a goddess living in an enchanted island that is only seen every ten years and is unreachable by men? You live with ancient queens of myth and you're so much a part of each other it was like a second soul inside your skin. You sing hymns, burn incenses, and make fragrant oils. You call bi...
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Ana
    Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict. A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology. Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage) Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility) Poseidon (God of the Sea) Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)Athena (Virgin G...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    This is a beautiful book; it is flawless and intelligent. I do not have a single criticism for this fantastic piece of writing. I loved it!Circe chronicles the life of a lesser god. She is the daughter of the mighty God Helios, the living embodiment of the sun. She is born without any particular talents or powers. She exists in the shadows of her more developed brothers and sisters. She does not shine in such spectacular company. However, gifts c...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you. My words are not as good as the ones in this book. Circe is a book about... finding yourself. But god, it stands out so far from just that. Okay, to get started, I’m just going to say it: Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time. She has such a way with words that it is absolutely impossible not to be engaged in her storytelling. The thing that brings this whole...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. Where do I even begin? This was one of the most amazing, beautiful, intricate, captivating books I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire life. I have been a bookworm since I was barely walking, and yet this book, this gorgeous retelling, has impacted me so profoundly that I genuinely do not know if I will ever be entirely the same. It is a common saying that women are delicate creat...
  • Will Byrnes
    Men, can’t live with ‘em, can’t turn ‘em all into swine. What do you mean turn them into swine? From her earliest application of her new found transformative skills it is suggested that what Circe turns her unfortunate guests into has more to do with their innermost nature than Circe’s selection of a target form. (The strength of those flowers lay in their sap, which could transform any creature to its truest self.) Clearly her sty res...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    If you like mythology, you need to read this book!Personally it's not even something I'm a fan of but I couldn't put this... audiobook down. The narrator did a great job and her voice was quite relaxing. I ended up finishing the book in 3 days and taking detour on my walks just to be able to listen to it more!Would recommend.Now I need to go finish The Song of Achilles...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    3.5 stars Madeline Miller’s Circe is an epic that’s sweeping the nation today. Everywhere you turn, you see that magnificent cover (honestly, that cover work is DIVINE and I’ve had the MOST fun photographing it for the Bookstagram). Twitter and Instagram are as we speak packed with Circe references and Miller interviews and, within all of that, Circe has found itself wrapped in all of the fluff and buildup and publicity of a typical ultra-h...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”It was true what Hermes said. Every moment mortals died, by shipwreck and sword, by wild beasts and wild men, by illness, neglect, and age. It was their fate, as Prometheus had told me, the story that they all shared. No matter how vivid they were in life, no matter how brilliant, no matter the wonders they made, they came to dust and smoke. Meanwhile every petty and useless god would go on sucking down the bright air until the stars went dark...
  • Bibi
    *Spoilers*How I wish Miller's Circe was a reimagining as opposed to a retelling and I say this because there's little else that can be told about Greek mythology that isn't readily available online or at the library. A reinterpretation, on the other hand, gives an author creative license to weave a uniquely extravagant and fantastical story ( Now I Rise did it perfectly) and perhaps one in which a lowly nymph attains great powers, transforms into...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I thought this book was fantastic! I felt sorry for Circe. But I did love reading about all of the gods and just the story line itself! This was the first book I have read by this author and it was a pleasant surprise. And that's all I have, there is no point in writing big reviews. You can read all of the book bumpers that have a million likes that write long reviews. I just can't do it any more. Happy Reading! Mel
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest | WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. I was waiting for two whole months to get this book from the library. And I finally had a chance to read Circe from Madeline Miller. A book that everyone was talking about. The only thing you were gonna see on Instagram. Well, here I am – sitting with the cool kids now, I have read this book.The reason I wanted to read this boo...
  • Lola
    I have been savouring this book for the past seven days. If I have not been active on here – at all, really – it’s because I started my second year of university and also because I didn’t want to be reading anything other than CIRCE (and my textbooks, ugh).I thought THE SONG OF ACHILLES was amazing, but it’s nothing compared to this story. In both cases, you do not have to be familiar with the Greek gods and goddesses or mythology in ge...
  • emma
    It is with immense regret and massive trepidation that I must say...I don't really get the to come:(----------currently-reading updatesme: ok time to write an essay!this traitor book: or - and here me out on this one - you could not do that and read insteadme: hm...compelling
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    8 April 2018Oh, Gosh! I want it now! Can't wait for the publication! I expect it to be 5 stars... So, forgive me for prerating it already. It's like earmarking a favourite page...Remember, I'm a sucker for all things Ancient Greece. Classical mythos are my blood, my marrow... I grew up on them. Circe was never my fav, I felt she was a villain, a malicious sorceress for her part in Odyssey... Let's see if this book helps me get a different percept...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsSuch a great book! You do not need to be a fan of mythology to read this book! Confession - I requested this book because I saw it on a list about "anticipated books of 2018” It did not disappoint. If anything this book dazzled! Anticipate this book folks and rush out and get yourself a copy when it becomes available (or request it on NetGalley as I did!).Circe is the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans. ...
  • jessica
    in the house of miller, goddess of written word and mightiest of storytellers, a masterpiece was born. again, i am blown away at the beauty that is madeline millers writing. her words have a way of invoking a sense of delicate peace in my heart. i read her stories and it fills that longing for something more. circe was an absolute delight from start to finish, and i cant express the extent of my gratitude for something so breathtakingly compellin...
  • Anne
    3.5 starsI would love to say that I appreciate the way the author reimagined this character from the The Odyssey and...whatever else she was in, but the truth is this: Everything I know about Circe comes from reading comics.So, yeah. I'd some vague recollection that she did something, at some point, somewhere in Greek literature. Ish.Mostly, though, I've always thought of her as a character who was out to get Wonder Woman.I'm admitting to that so...
  • Lucy Langford
    "A golden cage is still a cage." Just reread this before having to surrender it back to the library!! 5* Circe was brilliant! Daughter of Helios (God of the sun), is Circe. She is often scorned and rejected by her kin for not having the look nor the voice of her siblings and other nymphs. To look for companionship she turns to mortals and through this she discovers her power: Witchcraft. When she casts a dark spell and admits to her power, she is...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard KiplingWhen I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and br...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    I dived into Circe believing to be fully prepared for it, all because I had read and re-read, loved and re-loved The Song Achilles. Now I know that was a foolish notion for me to entertain.“It was my first lesson. Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.”In fact, I soon learned the hard way that no matter how well you think you know her and her writing, you are never prepared for what Madelin...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4.5 stars. An epic retelling of the life and times of the minor Greek goddess Circe, she who is famed for turning Odysseus’s men and other hapless sailors into swine (as it turns out, she had good reasons). Circe is despised and bullied by stronger members of her family, and eventually - and rather unfairly - exiled to the island of Aiaia for dabbling in pharmaka, a forbidden type of magic using herbs and other plants. Apparently it's fine with...
  • Tammy
    “Whoo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye” - Don HenleyAs a child I was enchanted by D’Aularies’ Book of Greek Myths and later by Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. I enjoyed Miller’s Song of Achilles and was eager to read Circe. Monsters, gods and goddesses, nymphs and naiads all make appearances and once again I was enchanted. Having read The Odyssey and The Iliad will increase your enjoyment but it isn’t necessary and you may b...
  • JanB
    4.5 stars, rounded upBeautifully written, exciting, and totally captivating! “Epic has been so traditionally male,” Miller says. “All these stories are composed by men, largely starring men, and I really wanted a female perspective.”And what a story it is. My first buddy read with my friend Dana was a great success and we had wonderful discussions. The plot revolves around Circe in this book and the story is told entirely from her perspec...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    This book is glorious. Absolutely magnificent.